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Ticking Biological Clock: When to Expect Menopause

From the Show: Health Radio
Summary: Learn some signs and symptoms of menopause, and find out when you should expect it on your own biological timeline.
Air Date: 4/6/16
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Diana Bitner, MD

Diana BitnerDiana Bitner, MD, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and a certified menopause practitioner. She received her medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is a member of the Spectrum Health Medical Group.

Dr. Bitner has special interests in women's wellness and prevention of heart disease, menopause, perimenopause, laparoscopic and robotic pelvic surgery, and pelvic pain. She enjoys helping women through times of health concerns and life phase transitions with an integrated and evidence-based approach. Her professional goal is to help women be as healthy as they want to be. She is also fluent in Portuguese.

Dr. Bitner has a weekly media engagement with WXMI Fox 17 Morning Mix discussing health topics of importance to women. She regularly engages in media and online chats and authors a blog, titled Midlife & Menopause Moments, which can be found on Health Beat, Spectrum Health's e-news website.

Ticking Biological Clock: When to Expect Menopause
Menopause is the phase of life when a woman has no more menstrual periods.

One full year without a period is the milestone of menopause. This usually occurs between ages 48 and 55, with most women reaching menopause at age 51. Women who smoke, have never been pregnant, or live at high altitudes may enter menopause sooner.

Perimenopause is the transition time between predictable menstruation and menopause. This transition can take three to ten years. In perimenopause, women can experience menopause symptoms while still having regular periods.

The most common symptoms women experience that indicate they're entering perimenopause are irregular periods, hot flashes, night sweats and loss of libido.

Annual well woman exams are important to investigate early symptoms, just in case the cause is something other than perimenopause.

Listen in as Dr. Diana Bitner explains what to expect from perimenopause and when to expect it.
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